After Promising TRT Would Be Approved Approved, White Says Belfort Has To Fight With Or Without It

For his last three Octagon appearances, Vitor Belfort has been Brazil – in which Belfort has obtained a therapeutic use exemption. But his next fight at UFC 173 will be in Nevada; a state in which Belfort had previously tested positive for 4-Hydroxytestosertone, an anabolic steroid (this was following a loss to Dan Henderson at Pride 32 in Las Vegas, in 2006). And that blemish could very well cause the Nevada State Athletic Commission to deny his request for a TRT exemption for his title fight.
Dana White is adamant, however, that – with or without his TRT – Vitor Belfort will be fighting, come May 24th.

If Belfort decideds to skip out on the fight, after being denied his TRT exemption White says that would be a problem.

White told reporters on Thursday:

“That would be a problem if he turned it down if he doesn’t get the exemption, Thursday in Las Vegas.

“The government is gonna come in and tell Vitor Belfort what he can and can’t do. And if they say he can’t [use TRT], then he [expletive] can’t. And he’s gonna fight in Vegas and he’s gonna fight Chris Weidman. Period.”

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